Smoking Speeds Up Memory Loss in Old Age

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Smoking Speeds Up Memory Loss in Old Age

By Alison McCook

March 22, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly people who smoke show a five-fold faster rate of age-related mental decline than people who never smoked, according to new study findings released Monday.

Among former smokers, mental decline occurred around twice as fast as in those who said they never smoked.

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A. Ott, K. Andersen, M. E. Dewey, L. Letenneur, C. Brayne, J. R.M. Copeland, J.-F. Dartigues, P. Kragh–Sorensen, A. Lobo, J. M. Martinez–Lage, T. Stijnen, A. Hofman, and L. J. Launer

Effect of smoking on global cognitive function in nondemented elderly

Neurology 2004 62: 920-924.



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